Spatial Tactics of Hong KOng Street HAwkers: A Case study of Fa Yuen Street | Hang Kwok | Visual Ethnography
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Spatial Tactics of Hong KOng Street HAwkers: A Case study of Fa Yuen Street

Brian Sze Hang Kwok

Abstract


Conflicts around street space are an everyday occurrence in Hong Kong, a prominent example of which would be the constant strife between street hawkers and Hawker Control Teams. The Hong Kong government has been regulating hawker activity through limiting licenses and restricting fixed-pitched stall sizes. Under strict surveillance from the Hawker Control Teams, hawkers employ a variety of spatial tactics to avoid prosecution and at the same time maximize their display areas in order to attract customers. The study aims to understand the ways in which hawkers manage and accumulate spatial resources, within the standard boundaries of narrow 3 by 4 ft. stalls. It analyzes the types of spatial tactics applied in stalls, which are the hawkers’ response to tightening regulation, and provides a glimpse into the spatial negotiation and manipulation in the relationships between hawkers and Hawker Control Teams.


Keywords


Hong Kong; Spatial tactics; Strategy; Street hawkers; Street stalls

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